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Pat Starnes

Madison Central High School5

Madison, MS | Madison County

September 30, 2014

Sure the school has a few cliques, what large school doesn't? I wasn't your stereotypical "Madison Type", but I found plenty of friends and awesome extracurriculars to join. The academics are excellent. Not many schools (public or private) can compare. I was offered 3 different full ride scholarships to college. I have never made below an A on any of my college papers thanks to MC's English department. Several of my college professors are trying to convince me to go to grad school. Many of my classmates are in medical/pharm/law/ grad school. My ACT scores, AP test scores, and SATP scores were all very high. If your student works hard, then the teachers here will bend over backwards for them. MC Is what you make it. I could not have had better preparation for college. There is no need to shell out tons of money for fancy private school if you live in Madison.

May 21, 2012

I attended this school four years ago and can honestly say it is one of the best in the state. Every teacher wanted to help with problems and the students who fell behind were the ones who did not care and did not want to put the effort in to do well. The only people who seem to complain about MC are the ones who spit out the terms "racism" and "cliques". Madison has a majority of white people so obviously that's how this school is categorized and Madison is also a very nice town with families who work hard to be able to afford to live there so "cliques" are going to happen. It's a fact when there is money involved. It's about education and if you want to actually earn one, Madison county schools are the way to go.

January 5, 2011

worst school ever.. way to much violence. prejudice and too many drugs and alcohol and too many people there wanna judge you if you dont got alot of money.. worst school ever. i believe tht jackson public schools should have a better rating than madison central

Submitted by a student

December 14, 2010

Out of the 3 high schools I have recently attended, me being moved around so much, madison central is by far the worst of them all with all there little cliques and these unprofessional teachers. It honestly makes me sick going there and I try to find good things about the place but there are few and far between moments.

Submitted by a student

January 15, 2010

This is such a great school, and it will continue to be a great school.

Submitted by a parent

August 18, 2008

I have been to 4 different schools in different areas throughout middle school and my 2 years of highschool. Madison Central is thebest school I have been to. I recently moved to a different state. We soon moved back because the schools in our new state were no where near Madison's quality. The students all get along. Everyone has a place. There are so many clubs and extracurricular activities. Students are very supportive of the school teams. Parents are very involved. Teachers always care for their students. There is no other school i'd rather go to.

Submitted by a student

April 29, 2008

I think the students learn so much and Madison Central has caring teacher .

Submitted by a parent

September 5, 2007

Great education and great group of students.

Submitted by a student

August 16, 2007

Excellent school. I don't understand why parents in Madison would fork out money to send there kids to private schools!

Submitted by a parent

July 30, 2007

Madison Central gave me a great college prep and strong academic background. In my four years at the school, the teachers and administration showed concern for every one of their students. This year I will be a senior in college and also a student in the University Honors Program. I believe that the wonderful education I received at Madison Central has definately helped me achieve this goal. I transferred to Madison Central in 9th grade after attending a local private school for eight years. I have to say that even though MC is much larger I felt as if I received more personal attention from the teachers there. The amount of discipline and behavioral expectations was also much greater at MC. Now that I am attending college, I have realized that I came much more prepared than some of my current classmates. I have Madison Central to thank for that!

Submitted by a former student

June 29, 2007

I'm completely dumbfounded by some of the negative reviews below. Madison Central is by far the best school I have ever been involved with. Yes, the school is large...However, I think that its size is one of its strengths. Every single student has the opportunity to find where they fit in. They don't have to be a football player or a cheerleader to feel as if they have a place. There are so many opportunities available to students. The teachers are absolutely wonderful. Many faculty members formerly taught at private schools and now teach at MC. Year after year, MC has just as many if not more National Merit semi-finalists and finalists than other schools in the state--public or private. The AP program is wonderful, extracurricular activities are numerous, and the arts are a big part of the school. I wouldn't want to send my children anywhere else.

June 18, 2007

This school is far too large. I wouldn't have my children go there due to the lack of individual attention.

Submitted by a parent

March 28, 2007

I went to MCHS for my freshman and sophomore years about 13 years ago. My parents had just moved my sister and I from NJ to the Jackson area. My JR and SR years we moved back to NJ and went to another school. I am now a high school English teacher. I have to say that out of all the schools I went to MCHS gave me the best foundation for college classes especially writing. The teachers were always willing to help, they had a marvelous music program, and the school spirit was outstanding. How can you judge a school in which you've never been a student?

Submitted by a former student

December 2, 2005

There are no private schools in the area, with the exception of st. Andrews, that have the variety or students, quality of teachers, abundance of extracurricular activities, and variety and quality of curriculum as madison central. As an alumnus and former member of the faculty at madison central, i also have to dispute the claim that the faculty show favoritism towards upper class students. That is a ridiculous accusation. Now, i am going to withold my name because i plan on returning to teaching when my children are older, but i do have to agree about the current principal. She is bringing the school down and burdening the faculty.

Submitted by a teacher

June 28, 2005

I must admit that I am 'shocked' by some of the previous reviews. I have had two children who recently graduated from Madison Central who received excellent educations. They have done excellent in college as a result of the educations they received at Madison Central. Not only are there quality academic programs, but the music programs are phenomenal, as well as the art programs, sports teams, drama programs, etc. As a 'very involved' parent at the school, I witnessed that all of the extracurricular activities were 'over the top!' I never saw any of the negative politics, favoritism, racism, or any of the other problems that some of the other parents claimed to have witnessed. The teachers that my children have were superior--which was reflected by my children's exceptional ACT scores, PSAT scores, etc. The administration did an excellent job of running the school, and the parents were exceptional volunteers.

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